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Coach Wei's Blog Here is a question that I have been pondering on and off for quite a while: Why do "cool kids" choose Ruby or PHP to build websites instead of Java? I have to admit that I do not have an answer. Why do I even care? Because I am a Java developer. Like many Java developers, I get along with Java well. Not only the language itself, but the development environments (Eclipse for example), step-by-step debugging helper, wide availability of libraries and code snippets, and the readily accessible information on almost any technical question I may have on Java via Google. Last but not least, I go to JavaOne and see 10,000 people that talk and walk just like me. The other reason that I ponder this question is that  the power of Java is a perfect fit for the areas where websites may need more than markups or scripting, such as middleware logic. PHP and Ruby etc ... (more)

AjaxWord: An Open Source Web Word Processor

AjaxWord (www.ajaxword.com) is an open source Web-based word processor. It closely mimics Microsoft Word in both look-and-feel and functionality. The application was initially written between 1997 and 1999 using JavaScript/DHTML on the client side with ASP on the server side. It was released on the Web in 2000. In 2005, the application's server-side logic was migrated to Java and released as open source code. On the client side, the application looks and feels like a typical desktop application, e.g., Microsoft Word. The design features the kind of rich graphical user interface ... (more)

Why Web Applications Can be Problematic and Unreliable

It's no surprise that the common perception is that Web applications are unreliable and problematic. Users often experience "404," "resource unavailable," and "network unavailable" errors or even a mysterious application error telling them to "retry the application later." The truth is, a fundamental source of all these problems is the HTTP communication layer of the Web. The Internet was initially designed for presenting and sharing hyperlinked documents in the form of Web pages. Therefore, the communication layer is based on the HTTP "Request/Response" model, which adequately ... (more)

A New Approach to AJAX: Asynchronous Java + XML

The AJAX model dominates headlines, but developing with JavaScript requires considerable developer skills, especially when migrating existing client/server applications to the Web. A new wave of software infrastructure providers is leveraging Java expertise to create enterprise-caliber Rich Internet Applications. This session will discuss building and deploying AJAX (Asynchronous Java + XML) applications using the Java server platform as a JavaScript alternative. ... (more)

What Does Web 2.0 Mean to Enterprises?

In my previous post, "Every Organization Needs a Web 2.0 Story" , I outlined some of the business reasons why Web 2.0 is important for organizations today. I also promised to further explain what exactly Web 2.0 can do for enterprises in future posts. This morning I had the pleasure of reading Gartner's new 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle which they released earlier today as well as Dion Hinchcliffe's insightful analysis (Dion artfully predicted a phased mainstream adoption of different "components" over the next many years: SaaS (1-3 years), Enterprise Mashups and WOA (2-4... (more)